Oil leaks are not just an eyesore to your automobile, they also create a mess all around; from your garage to the paths you took the car through. If you are not observant enough, you may end up being told to stop oil leakage by a total stranger – how embarrassing could that be!
You should pay attention to the engine oil light and check for probable leaks by regularly looking at the oil dipstick to determine how fast the oil level is dropping.
Also, a burning smell and/or the emergence of blue smoke from the tailpipe could also notify you about oil leaks – hence, you should watch out for these signs.
Oil leaks can occur as a result of some parts – like the oil filter, gasket, oil pan, etc – going bad, and this can cause serious issues if left unchecked. Additionally, oil leaks can be an offshoot of the poor quality engine oil or oils that do not lubricate very well.
As basic as it may sound or look, an oil leak should not be treated in a lackadaisical manner. This is because persistent leakages can lead to the engine overheating, premature wearing of some internal components [like the drive belts, hoses, etc.], and more disturbingly, fire hazard.
How to stop a Oil leak in my car?
From the foregoing, it is obvious that oil leaks can consign one to incurring some huge repair expenses. Hence, for these reasons, you should not hesitate to stop oil leaks from your car as quickly as possible. Going forward, I will now share some tips on how you can stop oil leakage from car:
Repair/replace damaged parts
This is one of the fundamental corrective measures you might have to take upon discovering oil leaks. To this effect, you should first check for the faulty component. One part that is usually implicated in the case of oil leaks is the gasket. With the gasket being degraded or damaged, the chances of the seals [which prevent oil from leaking] becoming weak increases.
Also, a bad or overused oil filter will cause the accumulation of contaminants in the oil fill port, and as such may cause the oil to spill as it (i.e. the oil filter) becomes prone to getting misaligned.
Another repair that you may need to effect – albeit after noticing an excessive oil spillage – is your car’s engine block. When this component gets cracked, oil leaks are inescapable and, a visit to the mechanic workshop should ultimately be in the offing – it won’t be bad if you can do the necessary repair all by yourself either.
Apart from the ones above, other components that should be inspected for possible damage and/or misalignment include the oil pan, filler cap, and drain plug. You shouldn’t delay in giving these components a good check once you sight oil leaks from your automobile.
Using leak-stopping additives
Recall that oil leaks can arise from the limited/low lubricating quality of the oil that you use. While you may not necessarily change the oil type, you can add a leak-stopping additive to the oil. The best leak-stopping additives are formulations containing specific petroleum products and some other non-solvent chemicals that will help to modify friction thereby stopping leaks.
Just to chip this in: increased frictional force heightens the chance of occurrence of oil leaks as the hole in the seal enlarges. But the additive, if added as soon as possible, takes care of this problem.
More details on the (leak-stopping) additives; they can be valuable in blocking off holes or gaps present around seals and gasket even as they aid in sustaining a considerable oil pressure.
That said, these leak-stopping additives will not work for stopping oil leaks resulting from severe damages – such that are feasible with a cork gasket, or around the crankshaft seal.
Prompt oil change
This is, more or less, a preventive measure that will help in knowing how to stop an oil leak in your car. Oil changes should be done as and when due to prevent the accumulation of dirt, and in turn, keep leakage at bay.
There is certainly no one-size-fits-all solution for putting a stop to oil leaks. So, it forebodes that you examine the cause of the problem to know the right step(s) to take.
Always remember this: you should not leave the problem of oil leaks to fester.